The YELLOW FAIRY BOOK - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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everyone, and never say a cross word to anyone, and never touch a crumb belonging to anyone else. Who knows if, after all, help may not be sent to you ? '
And she gave her grandchildren a bottle of milk and a piece of ham and a loaf of bread, and they set out for the great gloomy wood. When they reached it they saw in front of them, in the thickest of the trees, a queer little hut, and when they looked into it, there lay the witch, with her head on the threshold of tlie door, with one foot in one corner and the other in the other corner, and her knees cocked up, almost touching the ceiling.
' Who's there ? ' she snarled, in an awful voice, when she saw the children.
And they answered civilly, though they were so terrified thali they hid behind one another, and said :
' Good-morning, granny; our step-mother lias sent us to wait upon you, and serve you.'
8See that you do it well, then,' growled the witch. 'If f am pleased with you, I'll reward you; but if I am not, I'll put you in a pan and fry you in the oven—that's what I'll do with you, my pretty dears ! You have been gently reared, but you'll find my work hard enough. See if you don't.'
And, so saying, she set the girl down to spin yarn, and she gave the boy a sieve in which to carry water from the well, and she her-
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